I walked around the path garden looking for bulbs that may have popped up and found a really nice surprise...
One of the Pulmonarias has begun to flower! This tagless one was rescued from the nursery a couple of years ago, this is the first time it's bloomed.
Even though it's only January the path is already starting to get the look of spring. The Pink Flowering Currant's (Ribes sanguineum) buds are growing more each day, Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) is greening up and the scent of Sarcococca/Sweet Box carries across the yard. Can you see the Tete-a-tete Daffodils coming up?
Old-fashioned Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis) are emerging.
The Fairies have hung their door at the bottom of the giant Ponderosa Pine and are busy getting the garden ready for spring. The green coming up at the bottom of the picture are Bluebells, we have lots and lots of them ☺.
Fairies lounging by the pond.
And fairies hiding in the shed garden. This little area is becoming one of my favorite parts of the shed garden. This is a Flowering Currant 'King Edward VII' with Epimedium and Hellebore 'Blue Lady' growing nearby. Epimedium has done so well in my dry shade that I plan to pick a few more up this year.
I found an interesting post on Cliff Mass' weather blog (he's a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington) talking about what has happened with the La Nina winter we were predicted to have here in the Pacific Northwest (a prediction of increased snowfalls and colder temperatures than we've had in many years). As most of us have noticed that live here, aside from snowing a few times, the weather doesn't seem that unusual compared to most winters here. His blog is always interesting and if you live around here it's a great one to check out.